EASY PEASY HOMEMADE BAKLAWA

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LEBANESE BAKLAWA RECIPE

Baklawa is a rich and sweet dessert using layers of filo and melted butter, filled with chopped nuts and held together with a sweet syrup.

The greek version of this dessert is Baklava, but we’re sharing a delicious Lebanese version (hence the spelling “Baklawa”) which anyone can make at home.

This yummy recipe was created by lovely Daniella Boutros, guest presenter on Network 10’s Studio 10 and creator of Buttercreme Lane, a high-end customised cupcake and cake shop in Canterbury NSW. (We’ve been blessed to have crossed paths with her on social media in recent months and we have an exciting collaboration coming up!)

But back to our baklawa …

ARE YOU SCARED OF FILO PASTRY ??

Daniella says DON’T BE! Her advice is to just work patiently, carefully, gently, basically toughen up and have a go!

Here’s what you need to know to make your delicious baklawa:

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Matcha Scones with Jam & Cream

Scones, Or Scons?

Matcha Scones

According to Webster’s Dictionary, scones are said to have originated in Scotland in the 1500’s. In fact the Oxford English Dictionary suggests that the word originally came into use in 1513. There are two differing pronunciations for the word – “scon” (rhymes with “gone) and “scone” (ryhmes with “phone”). In British English the two variations are used according to both regional and class associations, but in general terms, the first version is associated with the northern parts of England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The second version is associated with southern parts of England, America (US English) and Irish natives.

Scones are a standard addition to the traditional Devonshire Tea and are generally served with jam and cream. A little sweetener is sometimes added and this can also be in the form of currants, sultanas, raisins or dates. Scones can also be served as a savoury treat, with either cheese or potato added.

Easy Matcha Scone Recipe

For our scones, we decided to shake it up a little and take a less traditional approach by adding some QTea Matcha Green Tea Powder. The irony is that Matcha is absolutely packed with health benefits and is known as a superfood, but we chose to serve our scones with more than modest lashings of strawberry jam and cream.. Oh well.. we did also add some fresh strawberries for additional goodness..!

To read more about the health benefits of Matcha click here

Our ingredients:

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This is my cup of tea — Living In The Shires

What a great review of QT Tea Co by Living in the Shires’ Susan Prior, editor, content producer & writer! It’s a great read!

To read the full article, follow the link below.

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I was a bit excited to find a tea importer right here in our midst, in the Shires. I jotted QT Tea Co.’s details down on my ever-expanding places-to-go, people-to-visit list of things to cover in Living in The Shires.

Source: This is my cup of tea — Living In The Shires

Palate Cleansing with TEA – Indulge Your Tastebuds!

Do you respect the food you spend time cooking, or paying for in a restaurant? It may surprise you to know that the drink you choose to consume with the food that you eat may not be doing your meal justice.

DID YOU KNOW?                                                                                                                                                                      

Tea cleanses and enhances your palate, clearing the taste buds.

I can recall as a child going out with my Mother to have Afternoon Tea with her friends. I was in awe of the three tiers of cakes the waitress would bring to the table on a platter. Afternoon Tea had been going on for centuries, the ritual of drinking tea with cakes and pastries, but did anyone ever wonder why?

I did..

Cakes and pastries leave a thick residual feeling in the mouth, but a sip of black tea after each bite cleanses the palate so that the next bite feels like the first bite all over again! Brilliant! Of course, today we have many more options available to us and we’re spoilt for choice, black tea such as English Breakfast, or fruity varieties, or white tea, an oolong, or a smooth green tea, all would be perfect palate cleansers .

RESPECT THE FOOD

Enjoy a wine with your evening meal? Dont we all!? Wine, along with most other beverages however, doesn’t actually serve to cleanse the palate, so next time you’re planning a special evening, why not try pairing your food with tea? It will take your taste buds on a whole new journey! And if you’re entertaining at home, it’s actually lots of fun to experiment and decide which tea you will use to compliment and enhance each course/dish.   

In our next blog we’ll bring you some easy tea pairing tips and infographics to help get you started!